Inside Scoop: Massive FoBAB beer festival returns to Chicago this weekend, Nov. 12-13
Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer is back in Chicago Nov. 12-13
Craft beer lovers can rejoice in the return of the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB), North America’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged beer festival and competition.
Now in its 19th year and organized by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, FoBAB is nationally recognized for its rare and unique wood- and barrel-aged creations. After going virtual in 2020, FoBAB returns to Chicago with a limited-capacity, in-person festival, a full competition and a to-go option. More than 180 breweries are expected to submit more than 300 wood- and barrel-aged beer, cider and mead for judging and tasting — in person or at home.
FoBAB’s in-person festival features two tasting sessions: Friday, Nov. 12 (6-10 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 13th (1-5 p.m.) at the UIC Pavilion/Credit Union 1 Arena (525 S. Racine Ave. in Chicago). Limited attendance and a higher capacity venue will enable greater social distancing and a more intimate festival experience.
After going virtual in 2020, FoBAB returns to Chicago with a limited-capacity, in-person festival. More than 180 breweries are expected to submit more than 300 wood- and barrel-aged beer, cider and mead for judging and tasting
Brewers will be staged throughout the main floor, around the concourse and outdoors. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the festival will be required upon entry for all staff, volunteers and attendees.
In addition to the event, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is pleased to once again offer a FoBAB to-go option for attendees who want to bring the best of FoBAB’s award-winning beers home with them, as well as those who are more comfortable staying home right now.
Assorted six-packs of exclusive FoBAB competition beers will be available for purchase on a limited basis at the UIC Pavilion November 12-14.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit FOBAB.com